Tommy Thompson on Corporations
Former Secretary of H.H.S.; former Republican Governor (WI)
Political insiders told me I could never win being "pro-business" in an "anti-business" state. Wisconsin was the birthplace of the Progressive movement, the people who brought down big-business monopolies.
Had we become so locked into labels that being pro-business was a bad thing? Jobs are good for people; businesses create and sustain jobs. Isn't that common sense?
When I first ran for governor, Wisconsin's economy was in the tank. In their minds, the need to rescue workers from a crumbling economy had evolved into a Doberman pinscher-like need to protect workers from business--business that couldn't be trusted. And this attitude translated into action. The state government was basically in an adversarial relationship with the business of our state. It wasn't working
We increased funding for the development fund from $2 million to $20 million, and introduced new flexibility into the system, so we could be more responsive to the specific needs of individual developing businesses.
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